May 14, 2014
DALLAS (FWAA) - The University of Georgia has been named one of the "Super 11" sports communications departments in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision for the 2013 season by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).
Georgia is the only school in the country that has been recognized with the award five consecutive years.
"We know there are many outstanding sports information departments representing schools across the country," said Tim Griffin, 2010 FWAA President and current Chairman of the Super 11 Committee. "But we continue to believe it is imperative to honor the best of the best, including some that we have honored repeatedly over the years. These 11 departments are consistently exemplary in all that we ask."
Criteria in determining the winners not only included how press boxes/operations were run, but the quality and timeliness of information provided, the amount of information presented and appropriately updated on websites, personal responsiveness to media inquires as well as the accessibility of players, head and assistant coaches. The ratings also took into consideration the departments that went the extra mile in servicing the media.
The Super 11 winners in alphabetical order are: Colorado (Pac-12), Duke (ACC), Fresno State (Mountain West), Georgia (SEC), Middle Tennessee (Conference USA), Nebraska (Big Ten), Ole Miss (SEC), SMU (American Athletic), South Alabama (Sun Belt), Southern California (Pac-12) and Texas Tech (Big 12).
The Super 11 Committee received input from other FWAA members covering college football during a period from Feb. 1, 2013 through Jan. 31, 2014.
In January 2009, at its board meeting, the FWAA formed the first Super 11 Committee. The concept is supported by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), many of whom are members of the FWAA.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,200 men and women across North America who cover college football for a living. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards, a national poll and its annual All-America team.